Main Menu


Art Teaching MFA student to present at ‘Tell the Story’ Event

2021 Day of Remembrance

Art Teaching MFA student Reilly Jensen will be facilitating a comic-book and storytelling arts workshop on behalf of Sema Hadithi, following up on Utah Buffalo Soldier research she's been involved with. Every year, Sema Hadithi hosts a conference and day of remembrance in support of their mission to discover, preserve, and present histories and stories of Black Utahns. The conference this year will span the history lectures and living memory arts projects to Preservation and Black History memorial projects, including an exciting new partnership in collaborating with the Equal Justice Initiative in Washington, D.C..

Tell the Story - Unity Through Historical Truth

Discovering, preserving, and presenting the stories of Blacks in Utah since 1822

  • ­Presented by Sema Hadithi African American Heritage and Culture Foundation and the Utah Chapter of the Afro-American Historical and Genealogical Society
  • Hosted by the University of Utah Black Cultural Center and Fort Douglas Military Museum
  • Sponsored by Utah Dept. of Heritage and Arts - Thrive 125
  • In partnership with Project Success Coalition, Brigham City Museum, Union Station Museums, Mormon History Association, and Utah Humanities


Friday, October 8, 2021, 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Fort Douglas Post Theatre, The University of Utah

245 Fort Douglas Blvd, Salt Lake City, UT 84113


Saturday, October 9, 2021, 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM

9:00 AM - 12:30 PM Fort Douglas Military Museum Cannon Yard

- Opening Ceremonies and Museum Tour

12:30 PM - 6:00 PM UofU Guest House - Granite Ballroom & Black Cultural Center

- Lectures and presentations


Buffalo Soldier Working Group Presentations

  1. Soldiers at Fort Duchesne - graphic novel project and telling your family story by creating your own comic.
  2. Soldiers at Fort Douglas - PTSD, family, and death at Fort Douglas
  3. Colonel Charles Young - The first African American to graduate from West Point and served at Fort Douglas, Utah
 TELL THE STORY - 2021 Day of Remembrance Celebration & History Conference image

Black Women Working Group Presentations

  1. Alberta Henry - Dr. Kathleen Christy, former school board administrator and diversity and equity coach, talks about her good friend Alberta Henry and the book she wrote about her.
  2. Women Social and Uplift Clubs - Black women formed creative resources to uplift themselves and create community.
  3. Emancipation Day Queens and Celebrations - Utah is one of the few states where the Black population celebrated Emancipation Day all the way back in the 1800s.
 TELL THE STORY - 2021 Day of Remembrance Celebration & History Conference image


The conference and event is free to register, and held in-person and online Oct 8th and 9th.

The link for more information is here:

To register for the event, click here: